So you don’t have a lot of time on your hands. Maybe you only have a couple of weeks in Thailand and would like to get down to the beach whilst you are here, but still want to experience the natural and cultural beauty of the North on two wheels. Look no further! This exciting tour takes us through the magnificent panoramas of Mae Hong Son province along arguably, the most spectacular road the Kingdom has to offer.
The Mae Hong Son loop road or “the road of a thousand hair pin bends” is a touring classic, snaking around the province and along the Burmese border, through heavily forested and soaring mountainous scenery. This quiet yet exhilarating road also takes us deep into hill tribe territory where Lisu, Lahu, Hmong and the famous long neck Karen tribes (to name but a few), can be visited in all their diversity going about their daily lives in the fields. A fascinating insight into this culturally rich part of the world can be yours to treasure forever. Starting and finishing in Chiang Mai, we will be staying in some wonderful resorts and guest houses along the route hand picked for their beauty and warm hospitality.
Sight seeing highlights include the laid back town of Pai with its natural hot springs; the impressive caves of Soppong; a visit to see the “long neck” women of the Paduang tribe; an unforgettable boat trip on the mighty Salawin River; a visit to the peak of Thailand’s highest mountain and some wonderfully ornate Buddhist temple sites all set amidst the grand geological splendour of this bikers paradise.
Throw in the wonderful culinary experience of eating Thai cuisine and the genuine warmth of the local people here in the North, alongside the classic riding and a truly memorable experience awaits you.
As always, if a non riding partner or friend would like to accompany you on the trip then they can travel in our luxury 4x4 vehicle (or people carrier depending on number of extra passengers). We will follow the same itinerary as the bikers, visiting the same sites and staying in the same accommodaton.
Day 1: Pick up at Chiang Mai Airport and transfer to our 4 star hotel. Dinner and welcome drink at the Goodview Riverside restaurant. Briefing of tour schedule.
Day 2: Chiang Mai to Pai
Depart 8am (having indulged in the hotel’s buffet breakfast) for the short ride out of town and onto the scenic open road of the Samoeng Loop. This 70km section takes us high into the hills surrounding Chiang Mai, a taster of things to come.
It’s then onto the first section of the Mae Hong Son loop road. We climb up to 5000 feet on this leg, negotiating many a sweeping hairpin and appreciating some great views before descending into the beautiful Pai valley, our destination for the day. Optional hot spring trip in the evening followed by dinner at the best restaurant in town.
Day 3: Pai to Mae Hong Son
Depart at 8am for the short yet stunning ride to Soppong (a small Wild West style border town) where we will visit the impressive cave system, complete with coffins from ancient burials. After lunch we continue through ever more dramatic scenery to our beautiful resort on the outskirts of Mae Hong Son, the provincial capital and by far the biggest town in the area. Great food and drinks tonight at a locally renowned restaurant.
Day 4: Mae Hong Son to Mae Sarieng
Depart 9am riding to a nearby Paduang ‘long neck’ village near the Burmese border, where the women wear brass rings around their necks to give the impression of elongation. Of the 7000 Paduang thought to be residents of Burma, over 300 have fled to Thailand as refugees and now make a far better living from visiting tourists and are no longer in fear of their lives.
After lunch, we continue south, winding through many charming rural villages and onto the bustling town of Mae Sarieng. Here we stay in a beautiful hotel overlooking the river.
Day 5: Mae Sarieng to Doi Inthanon.
Depart 8am for the 50km ride to the grand Salawin River, the dividing line between Burma and Thailand at this point. Here we will leave the bikes and take a boat ride upstream, stopping for lunch on one of the many beaches that line the bank. From here we head on Doi Inthanon national park, the home of Thailand’s highest mountain, driving to the very top. Tonight we stay at a quality resort within the park.
Day 6: Doi Inthanon to Chiang Mai.
Depart 9am for our final leg of the journey back to Chiang Mai arriving around midday. The rest of the day is up to you. Maybe you want to relax beside the pool, take a massage or join an afternoon excursion. A farewell dinner will be held at the famous Gallery restaurant with the option for late night music and drinks at the Brasserie next door, or a trip to the Night Bazaar for a spot of shopping. We will provide you with a taxi to the airport, after breakfast in the morning, if required.
We will be sticking to this itinerary as closely as possible throughout the tour although we will not take any responsibility for changes to this schedule due to circumstances or events that we have no control over
Thai Baht per rider based on a single occupancy.
There will be a minimum of 4 riders and a maximum of 10 on this tour. Exceptions can be made with consultation.
Bike - Kawasaki ER6n 600cc road bike. Well maintained and meticulously checked before each trip. Recent model only.
Equipment - We provide helmets although bringing your own will guarantee a good fit and is therefore the better option.
Fuel and oil costs
Support vehicles - Quality 4x4 support trucks carrying your luggage and shopping.
Professional mechanic - With full compliment of tools and spare parts.
2 Experienced Guides - Lead and sweeper guides, radio and GPS equipped, speaking English and Thai.
Accommodation - Included on a single room basis for 10 nights. For those who don’t mind sharing a room, we knock 5% off the price.
Food - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included on the riding days.
Drinks - Water and soft drinks provided during the days ride and at meal times
Basic Liability Insurance
Excursions - National park fees and all entrance fees to listed sites in the itinerary included
Riding attire - You must bring you own suitable riding clothes including appropriate footwear and trousers for both riding and the evenings. We recommend bringing a lightweight vented jacket and a long sleeved top as it can get cold in the mountains at night. It is always warm during the day. Riding gloves are also important. We can supply you with a helmet but recommend bringing your own to guarantee comfort.
Personal accident and medical insurance